Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi says he would not allow critics scupper his dream of making the cut for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
The Chippa United goalkeeper has been heavily criticised in the wake of unconvincing performances for the Super Eagles, but he said he remains undaunted and has continued to work hard at the club to help his World Cup dream.
He however concedes that there’s a likelihood he isn’t selected for the Mundial, saying he would support the decision of head coach Gernot Rohr, Vanguard writes.
“I am not competing with any goalkeeper in the team. I am grateful to the coach for extending invitation to me and also giving me an opportunity to play,” the former Flying Eagles goalkeeper said.
“Nigeria have good goalkeepers waiting for this opportunity, if anyone deserves it let him play and let’s support him so that we can have a formidable team for the World Cup and come back with good results.”
The former Warri Wolves keeper frowned at what he termed attacks on him in the media, but promises to fight on.
“You don’t have to talk me down with stories or lie against me on the pages of newspapers because you need to promote someone,” he further said.
“I didn’t come this far in my career by mistake even though I wasn’t given a chance to get here; but I was positive about myself and I worked hard for it and with God’s grace I reached the level I am today.
“I haven’t reached my mark yet, yes, I made some mistakes; some of the world’s best goalkeepers have made worst slips, but they didn’t quit because they were criticized and condemned, they fought through it to become the best they are today. So, I’m not exceptional, I will keep fighting.”